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POSTPONED – [DLS] Francis Nimmo (UCSC)

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 Location: 54-100 Dixie Lee Bryant Lecture Hall | MIT Campus, Cambridge, MA

Postponed due to weather. This talk will be rescheduled for a later date.

How similar is Venus to Earth?

Abstract: Venus and the Earth are almost identical in size and bulk composition, but appear to have followed very different evolutionary paths. Why? And how different are they really? In this talk I will focus on two aspects. One is the recent claim that Venus possesses features similar to continents on Earth, perhaps even suggesting an ancient Venusian ocean that has now vanished. The second is the viscosity structure of Venus’s mantle, and how it compares with that of the Earth. I will suggest some predictions that can be tested with observations from forthcoming Venus spacecraft missions.


[DLS] EAPS Department Lecture Series 

Weekly talks aimed to bring together the entire EAPS community, given by leading thinkers in the areas of geology, geophysics, geobiology, geochemistry, atmospheric science, oceanography, climatology, and planetary science. Runs concurrently with class 12.S501. 

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